Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Masculine & Feminine Birthday Cards

Last week Judy and I made a couple of birthday cards - one with a masculine theme and the other feminine.  These cards also gave us an opportunity to use up some retired DSP.  

This first card uses the very masculine Manchester DSP.  You can see the original HERE

Stamp Set - Well Scripted
Card Stock - Kraft, Always Artichoke, Manchester DSP (retired)
Ink - Always Artichoke
Other - Kraft Taffeta ribbon, Dimensionals

The next card is using scraps of the Raspberry Tart designer series paper.  You can take a peak at the inspiration HERE.

Stamp Set - Well Scripted
Card Stock - Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart DSP (retired)
Ink - Rose Red
Other - Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Beautiful Wings Embosslit (exclusive to Stampin' Up!), nonSU rhinestone, Dimensionals

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Desk Calendar

While we were in Myrtle Beach Judy and I visited a friend of hers who has a vacation home there.  We had a lovely lunch and then made a cute little desktop calendar.  Judy had organized all of the supplies and had a sample all made up.

The calendar is actually a standard card size - card stock cut to 8 1/2" x 11" scored at 5 1/2".  We decorated each of the 4 panels of the card stock.  One each for spring, summer, fall and winter.

Here are several views of my completed calendar:





A view from the side

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Heather Summers' Simply Sunday Sketch Challenge

Over the last several weeks Heather has posted a sketch on her blog with a card layout.  She challenges her readers to create their own card using the sketch - today was the 6th week.   This is the first time I have participated in a challenge and I am very pleased with my card. 

This is the sketch Heather posted on her blog HERE

Here is my creation.  The bunny was stamped on Close to Cocoa card stock with Chocolate Chip craft ink.  Clear embossing powder was sprinkled on and then it was heat embossed before being cut out.

Stamp Set - Well Scripted, Chocolate Bunny; Inspired by Nature
Card Stock - Naturals White; Pretty in Pink; Close to Cocoa; Sweet Pea DSP
Ink - Pretty in Pink; Old Olive; Chocolate Chip Craft
Other - Scallop Circle Die; Clear Circle Die; Wide Oval Punch; Trio Flower Punch; Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon; Dimensionals; nonSU Rhinestones; Clear Embossing powder

Video - Stampin' Up! Corner and Border Punches

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Progressive Card

In her blog post of March 23, Heather Summers demonstrated how to turn a little 3 x 3 card into a standard card size.  She issued a challenge for her readers to do the same.

For my cards I used the same stamp set as Heather but I didn't have the Bella Bleu DSP so had to change the colours to work with the paper I had on hand.

This is my 3 x 3 card

Here is my standard size card:

And now the two cards together.

Stamp Set - Vintage Vogue
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Card Stock - Bordering Blue; Chocolate Chip; Bella Birds DSP (retired)
Other - Eyelet Border Punch; So Saffron grosgrain ribbon (retired); nonSU half back pearls; sponge daubers

Heather Summers - Fundraiser

In February Heather Summers held a class that was also a fundraiser for the FoodBank in her city.  Although I do not live in Heather's city and I was going to be away, I signed up for the event and she mailed me everything I needed including the With All My Heart stamp set featured in the Occasions Mini Catalogue.  The kit included all of the card stock, DSP, ribbon, embellishments, envelopes and instructions needed to complete the four projects. 

To see the "flyer" Heather posted on her blog advertising the event (she used My Digital Studio to prepare it click HERE.  You can see the four projects.  Two cards (including envelopes), a set of four mini milk cartons (the Bigz die is in the Mini catalogue) and a small gift box.

So far I have only completed two of the projects (the cards).  I am going to have to make the time to get the 3D items done.  Here are my cards:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Catching Up

Although I have been doing my papercrafts, I have not been taking photos of my projects and posting them.  I am going to try to catch up on that over the next few posts.

While in Myrtle Beach, Judy and I did do a couple of projects. 

We made these cards, using the exact same layout and stamp set.  We just changed the ink and paper colours.  The image panels are raised up with dimensionals.  Both cards use the Scallop Trim border punch which is featured in the Sale-a-Bration brochure and will be available when the new Idea Book & Catalogue is released this summer. 

Hope you like them.

Stamp Set - Kind and Caring Thoughts (Level III Hostess Set)
Card on Left -
Card Stock - Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink - Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry
Ribbon - Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot
Card on Right -
Card Stock - Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink - Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo
Ribbon - Melon Mambo Polka Dot

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Myrtle Beach

I spent the month of February in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with Judy and her husband.  We had a beautiful condo and although I knew that it would be cool, we were totally unprepared for the snowstorm that hit just before Valentine's Day.   The snow did not stay for long, but I was able to snap a picture from my balcony.

This very simple MDS page shows the contrast between my view on February 3 and 13th.  Fortunately most of the snow had melted by early afternoon.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Write Stuff

Before I went on vacation I had to make several birthday cards for family and friends.  I decided to make all of them following Andrea Walford's January class planner for demonstrators featuring Stampin Up's The Write Stuff Specialty Paper pack.  The package includes patterned papers as well as die cuts.  I made 12 cards and still have part of the package left.  I also used the Well Scripted stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalogue.  I am loving the clear mount stamps.

I did not take photos of the cards I made, but here is a photo Andrea provided with the planner.

Andrea's planners for demonstrators are available HERE.  Individuals can purchase Andrea's classes from her HERE.

Have a great day!